When you buy a product, you’re casting your vote for a manufacturer. In essence, you are telling that person, with your hard-earned dollar, that you trust them to deliver on their promise and give you something of quality. But sometimes manufacturers push out inadequate products and hope that people will turn a blind eye and buy them anyways.
While this type of behavior often has consequences, in the short term they can get away with it. But when people realize that they’re purchasing dangerous products like the massive airbag recall of recent months or how Claire’s was selling children’s makeup loaded with asbestos, brands can face total ruin.
If you’re the cook of the family, you know how valuable a multi-cooker can be. And if you’re loyal to the Instant Pot brand, you better think twice. They’ve recalled their products because they were a deadly fire hazard. The products could not stand up to the heat and would melt under pressure and result in potential fires.
So what do we know about this kitchen cooker recall? Instant Pot tried to preempt the chaos when they announced, a while back, on social media about how some customers were having “problems.” But they never explained how severe these really were. But to protect themselves from lawsuits, they advised customers to quit using their products until they could investigate what was making them melt.
Their investigation yielded some horrifying results. Electronics on the bottom of the cooker, the Gem 65 model to be exact, were faulty. And when they got warm, these electronics caused the multicooker to melt. And when it melts, the whole thing becomes a ticking time bomb and fire hazard.
Don’t throw away just any Instant Pot product. This recall only affects one model – so far. The one that you must beware of is the Instant Pot Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker. This product is the one that can burn your house down. The rest have not proven to be dangerous when used as instructed.
But the recall did cause some confusion. The faulty ones were only sold at Walmart between August 2017 and January 2018. So these are newer products. If you got something like this Instant Pot for Christmas or gave it to someone, make sure you share this recall warning.
What exactly should you look for? If you have a Gem 65 model with one of the following batch numbers, it is subject to the recall. Unplug it and do not use it.
This “batch number” is vital to keeping your family safe from fire damage.
Instant Pot did the right thing as soon as they knew their product was faulty. They contacted and partnered with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to declare the official recall.
If you own one of this dangerous multicookers, stop using it and take it to Walmart for a replacement.
About 104,000 products are affected by the recall. 107 Instant Pot Gem 65s have malfunctioned. And five cases of exploding cookers have resulted in property damage.
Call Instant Pot at 888-891-1473 if you have any questions.